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Missing from US mudslide drops to 30, one week on

Published on Mar 30, 2014 9:30 AM
The area near Highway 530 is surrounded by mud and debris as search work continues on , March 29, 2014, where a massive landslide struck Oso near Darrington, Washington. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The number of people still missing after a monster US landslide dropped dramatically to 30 Saturday, as rescuers held a moment’s silence exactly one week after tragedy struck.

The number killed is believed to be at least 27 from the wall of mud and debris which crashed down onto the town of Oso in the state of Washington, although the official toll remains at 18.

The drop in missing from 90 to 30 offered a tiny cause for relief as an army of rescuers spent another day picking and wading through the square mile (2.5 square kilometre) blanket of mud.

Heavy rain made the efforts to find bodies painstakingly slow.

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